Double Rose Garden Fantasy~

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I haven’t posted in a long time because I’ve been trying really hard to work on job applications and staying away from other activities. Still no job luck yet, though 😦

Back in May I went to two rose gardens! I love rose everything – rose flavored food, drinks, perfume, gardens – I’ll take it all! Rose gardens are also one of those temperate climate things that don’t exist in Florida so I really enjoy them.

The first garden I went to was Kyu Furukawa Gardens near Komagome station. I really love going there because there’s a picturesque Western style house and garden with roses and then a huge Japanese garden too so you get two gardens for the price of one!

The sign reads “the roses are in peak bloom”

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The rose garden there isn’t very large but it’s really neatly manicured and each rose bush has a placard telling you the variety and other info. The location is also fairly easily accessible.

They were selling rose ice cream of course, among other rosy things, so I had to buy some! I love this stuff!

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The next rose garden outing was a lolita outing to Jindai Botanical Garden in Western Tokyo. The location was a bit inconvenient since we had to take a train then a bus to get out there, but being outside of the city meant the park was very large and not as crowded as some others. The rose garden was really massive with hundreds of rose bushes!

We were all hungry so we decided to have our picnic first. It was nice in the shade but ants found us eventually like a typical picnic! I made a lolita version of Cards Against Humanity which we played with somewhat funny results but it needs some tweaking.

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We walked around for a while but eventually we all were feeling really hot and sweaty and all the roses started to look the same so we went towards the greenhouse. It was hot in there too but at least it was shady. There was a begonia area with a cute table for posing.

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Here was the day’s outfit! I’ve always liked this Victorian Maiden OP since it reminds me of rococo pajamas so when I saw it in Closet Child one day I had to pick it up! It has roses in the print but that’s hard to see. Everything else is offbrand.

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This next one could’ve been a really nice pic if I would’ve stepped out into the sunlight, blarg!

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Thank you for reading! I’ll try to post more often. How do you like rose viewing/eating?
 

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Babooshka Cafe

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Hello again! A little while ago Sapphira and I went to go check out Babooshka Cafe in Shimokitazawa. It’s a Russian themed cafe, though mostly in decor, not on the menu. It’s run by the previous owner(?) of Sumire no Tenmado, a little bar and cafe for the music duo, Kokusyoku Sumire. It was sad to see Sumire no Tenmado close because there are so few lolita-friendly cafes, so I’m glad they made a new place!

The location is a little far off from Shimokitazawa station, unfortunately. We decided it would be a good idea to eat some lunch and then visit Babooshka for dessert. There’s a curry restaurant by the station called Tenmaya that sells curry-pan (a fried doughnut filled with curry, nom!) and we wanted to try their lunch items. They had a few different kinds of curries for lunch like butter chicken which I almost got, but I really liked the look of the “European style curry plate” so I got that. Oh so European! It also came with a salad and a mini samosa.

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It wasn’t amazingly great but a good value. I’d like to try that butter chicken next time! After that we shopped around and went to Grand Bazaar and some other local shops. We stopped in a pet store for a second and I saw this pitiful thing.

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BIRD SMALL FRIEND. LOVE SMALL FRIEND.

We started to feel ready for desserts so we made our way to Babooshka. It was super cute! Apparently it was a retro cafe for years beforehand and the new owner kept the same feel. She also added all kinds of cool antiques and Russian artifacts and loads of things to look at and buy. There were also some Showa Era Japanese antiques for extra flavor. I was too shy to ask if I could take pics inside… Here’s their little entrance sign.

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We were the only ones there so we sat at a big table. There were lots of cakes on the menu to choose from – I went with the dessert set which was a cake and a drink. I picked the pure honey cake and iced tea. It was delicious! It came with cute decorative cookies.

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Sapphira looks very cute in Russian style babooshkas but I unfortunately do not. I tried (-.-) I looked at Russian fairy tales for inspiration for my outfit, but maybe it came out a bit too pirate wenchy with the underbust vest. I wore a Russian painted brooch, presumably depicting a fairy tale? Or maybe it’s Saint Peter or something? I got the blouse from goodwill, vest is BPN, babooshka is a scarf which Sapphira kindly lent me, skirt, socks, bag and shoes are IW.

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We also took some purikura! The machine was really ridiculous with a “milk” theme that made everything creamy white which I thought was funny so I went with that theme.

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Thank you for reading! The cafe was really nice and I would go again. The food was good but you really go there for the atmosphere in my opinion. I hope they do well! While we were eating some other customers came in so that’s a good sign. If you have the opportunity please go there and support them!

 

Party at Laduree

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I haven’t been able to post much because I’ve been very busy lately trying to get a job and also preparing for my friend who is visiting! I can’t wait to do fun Tokyo stuff with her!

For another friend’s birthday we went to Laduree in Ginza. Tokyo is lucky to have many Laduree shop locations, including two with restaurants. The Ginza location is in Mitsukoshi department store and is decorated in ornate, Rococo style ❤ Here is a link – the Ginza location is first on the page.

Everyone was dressed impeccably! I really loved everyone’s outfits that day. We were able to get a whole section of the restaurant to ourselves which was nice. The meal was a set and consisted of~

So elegant nuts!

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Cute rolls and butter!

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Sauteed pork! It was really salty and yummy! It kind of reminded me of ginger pork that’s really popular in Japan. The green stuff is mushy peas – I haven’t eaten that since I lived in England! It always seems weird to me to have pre-mashed peas but I guess you could say the same thing about mashed potatoes.

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Then for dessert you had a choice of tea and two macarons! They had like 30 teas so it was really hard to pick one! I eventually went with the Laduree blend since I liked the description. It was very nice! I chose a strawberry guimauve macaron – it had a different kind of crispy texture with sugar on the outside and tasted a little too strongly like American candy, but I still enjoyed it. The inside was marshmallow – I guess that’s the guimauve part. The other macaron was chocolate bergamot – the bergamot was super strong and citrusy – I loved it! None of us at the table were sure if bergamot was an herb or a fruit so we googled it. It’s a citrus fruit but it’s pretty inedible as a fruit so it’s just used as a flavoring.

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I don’t usually do selfies because I’m kind of shy about having a close up of my face, but I liked the way this came out and the wall behind. The Rococo lyf!!

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Now it’s bragging time – I was quite proud of the accessory I made for the birthday girl! She likes mermaids and has several undersea themed dresses so I made this to go with them.

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We then went outside to take some photos but Ginza isn’t all that cute, so we did outfit shots on the street. BIG MISTAKE. It was a feeding frenzy of tourists and locals snapping photos, yikes!

I really like the colors of this dress but I’m on the fence about keeping it since I don’t have much to match it. We’ll see. JSK is Victorian Maiden, bolero is Innocent World, and the accessories are from indie brand markets. The rest is from generic stores in Japan. I love the grapes so much!

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Thanks for reading! I felt so elegant having tea at Laduree that day, it was nice to relive it!

Misako’s Book Signing

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Last month I picked up a copy of Misako’s Lolita Fashion Book. I heard that she would be doing a book signing in LaForet on April 20th from 3-5pm so I decided to try to get my copy signed.

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Now I know from experience that any event that is free and remotely interesting at LaForet will be packed with people so I expected to be there for a long time. I arrived “early” at 2:50 and there were already dozens of people there in two lines that snaked up the stairs! I didn’t know which line to stand in so I just picked one. After a while I found out that one line was for people with number tickets and one line was for those without. Apparently, Misako had posted on her blog that people could come and get numbers the day before to wait in line for the book signing. I missed this memo, wop wop. So I got to the end of the “people without numbers” line and waited there.

I was at the end of the line with one more person behind me until about 3:10 when one of the staff members announced that no more people could enter the line! I thought it would be open until 5 but I guess then Misako would be signing books until 7? Note to self – always get in line to wait much earlier than you expect.

Sooo we were standing in line forever because all the people who had numbers had to go through first (maybe 100 people?) and my legs were getting tired. Eventually at 4, some staff member had a brilliant idea to give all of us losers without numbers a new set of numbers so we could leave the line. She told us to come back at 5. So yay, but shit, I did not really want to devote over 2 hours just to getting this book signed, sigh. It was nice to finally be able to walk around though, so I wasted time by going to Closet Child and then grabbing a snack.

I got back to the line about 4:50, then waited maybe another 30 minutes to finally get my book signed. At the front of the line I learned  you could get your book signed for free, but if you wanted to take a picture with Misako, you had to buy something from Maison de Julietta (that lolita dress-up place). That made me really annoyed. Fuck you I’m not going to pay money to take a goddamn photo after waiting here for 2.5 hours! I looked at the shop anyway to see if there was anything I wanted but it was mostly sweets jewelry and nothing I could use. They had some overpriced classicy stuff but it looked like it was from Claire’s – stuff like elastic fake pearl bracelets with plastic cameos for 2000 yen. They also had a notebook that looked like the kind Japanese kids use in school and you can get at the 100 yen shop but with Misako’s face on it for 640 yen. I decided that 640 was too expensive for a photo and I always look like a gross beast when I’m next to Misako anyway.

I was a terrible foreigner and took a picture anyway. Misako did look very cute that day.

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So finally yay, I got my book signed! I don’t know what genius decided that Misako should use a red pen on a pink background, herp.

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The waiting was also not as bad as it could’ve been because the person behind me in line actually talked to me which is very unusual in Japan! She liked lolita fashion but didn’t want to wear it. She said it feels weird like a costume and that she thinks she’s too old for it, which I totally understand so we talked about that for a while. I was wearing otome which she liked and said I was cute ;3;

I was going for a mature or adult Alice in Wonderland kind of theme with accessories that reminded me of the story. The dress is Jane Marple (I wear it a lot!), cardigan is Innocent World, bag is from the Q-pot mook and the accessories are indie brand and JM again. I look super tired again because I forgot to take a photo until I got home.

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In the end it was nice to get my book signed but if I had known it would have taken 2.5 hours I probably wouldn’t have done it! Thank you for reading!

Nun Crepes!

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One of my lolita friends had a small birthday party at a French creperie in Harajuku! The place is called La Fee Delice and it’s on one of the back streets of Harajuku known as cat street – you may have heard of it, it’s where all the quirky specialty shops are. The restaurant itself was also quirky and cute. Here’s a link to their page in Japanese and a review in English. I thought since it was the day before Easter (and because I was dying to wear my recently acquired nun headdress) I should dress in nun lolita!

The restaurant was really cutely decorated.

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This is a pic of the interior (photo source).

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Izzy came along so we decided to get one savory crepe and one sweet and then share them. He got the lunch special which is a ham, egg and cheese crepe with a side salad and I got banana caramel. It was really good because the caramel was a bit salty and had a nice deep flavor, yum! I also got a lavender milk tea because I love lavender. It was really delicious but should’ve been called lavender milk because there was no tea in there that I could taste!

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And finally here is my outfit for the day! It was pretty hard to wear and very attention grabbing so I don’t think I’ll be able to wear it on normal days – just for special occasions and maybe just in Harajuku.

The dress and bag are Meta, headdress from Triple Fortune, socks IW, necklace is antique, and shoes are Bodyline. I really thought this outfit needed the old school punch that RHS give so luckily my friend who is the same shoe size let me borrow hers! It was also hard to pose in this outfit. I had to take a lot more pictures than normal to get a good one. My standard kawaii girl poses looked too silly and the best ones were serious and somewhat flat. It was a learning experience!

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Thanks for reading! The next day I went to get my Lolita Fashion Book signed by Misako so I’ll be posting about that next!

Pining for the Sakura (Part 2)

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In the week following the meetup from Part 1, the weather was kind of unstable but I was able to get a few nice pictures of the cherry trees in full bloom. These were all taken in my neighborhood.

I call these droopy sakura – they bloom earlier than the others and are more pink. The official name is “weeping cherry” (shidarezakura/しだれ桜).

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Here are some nice views around the area

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There’s a park on top where I sat on a bench and ate an onigiri for a little while as the blossoms fell.

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This is at Tokyo Midtown. It got really cold as the sun went down!

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So… then we attempted hanami meetup #2 and it rained again! Stupid troll weather! All the rain succeeded in melting the remaining blossoms and kind of ruined any more hanami from then on out, grrr.

Everyone planned to meet at Marui Annex for the KERA snap so I went as well. I kind of don’t want to do KERA snaps anymore, just because I’ve been in many already and I don’t really want to be rejected! And now there are a lot more foreign lolitas competing for the precious few spaces that they give for us and everyone is bringing their A-game. Well anyway, I figured that since everyone else was doing it, I’d do the snap too, if only for the photo they give you afterwards.

There were so many foreign lolitas there! I think because it was cherry blossom season there were lots of people on vacation. I’d say there were about 20 of us there.

After the snap we just kind of did the regular Tokyo bumming around activities – went to get food, took some pics, went to closet child, took purikura, ate some more… yep.

Here’s my outfit! My fashion theme was “Rose Garden Outing”. I’m wearing that wig again! The dress is Millefleurs, cape from Excentrique, bonnet from Victorian Maiden, bolero you can’t see is Innocent World and the rest is offbrand.

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We did purikura and I was in such a rush to choose a background (it counts down about 10 seconds) that I picked a gross clashing one, durr. And then because I had my glasses off I couldn’t really see what my pose looked like so this is kind of a puri fail. So I covered it with cats!

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So I did not really get a nice hanami session in this year which was pretty sad, but at least I got to see some trees in bloom. I also had lots of fun at the hanami alternative meets so there’s that! Thank you for reading!

Pining for the Sakura (Part 1)

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I’ve been feeling a little under the weather so I haven’t posted much lately. Cherry blossom season just passed and I would like to tell you about my sad attempts to go for a hanami (cherry blossom viewing) picnic.

The area lolitas decided to do a hanami meetup two Sundays ago but rain was in the forecast so we went to the museum instead and postponed the hanami until the next Sunday. I was actually very happy to go to the museum because I wanted to see the exhibit and it was coming to an end – Pre-Raphelites; Victorian Avant-Garde, on loan from the Tate Museum in London. The exhibit is now over but the website is still up here. The exhibit was at the Mori Tower, in the same area as the Andy Warhol and Art & Technology exhibits I visited a little while ago (blog entry).

To briefly explain the exhibit, the Pre-Raphaelites were a bunch of rich Victorian hipsters that hated Raphael so they made a little club to get together and try and make a new style of art. Raphael and other Renaissance artists developed Mannerism, a style of painting that exaggerates certain body features to give more presence and a sense of grandeur to the artwork. Stuff like making extra long necks and hands, and making muscles looking extra pronounced and statuesque. Well the Pre-Rapahelites disliked this unnatural art style and wanted to make a more detailed and realistic modern style, while also touching on medieval art concepts before Raphael’s time. I hope I’ve got that correct – my apologies to people who know a lot about art!

Interestingly another club of rich Brits called The Clique made making fun of the Pre-Raphaelites as their main goal. I guess you can never escape the haters!

The exhibit was pretty nice and they had some really famous works like~

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais
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Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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The Beloved, also by Rossetti

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Christ in the House of His Parents, by Millais. The Wikipedia page on this painting is pretty amusing – people really hated it, including Charles Dickens who said Mary (kneeling on the floor) looks like a hideous alcoholic haha. Some other critic said that Jesus looks like “a red-headed Jew boy”.

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The Pre-Raphaelites loved red hair which made me really happy! So many paintings were of lovely ginger ladies with flowing hair, it made me proud! Of course another amazing thing about these works is the details! The attention to detail is amazing, like a rock will have a hundred little lines in it, or like in the painting above, each wood shaving on the floor was painted with painstaking detail. The first effect you feel is awe at everything going on, but I also noticed that everything being at such an intense level made me lose a little of the overall feeling in the painting and not really pay attention to the subject matter. The focal point(s) were kind of lost because you’re so busy looking at some wood grain or some other detail.

Well after the exhibit the rain stopped and we were all hungry so we went for pizza! It was super good! I got a picture of my outfit at the end of the day which is the worst time to take a photo, but here you go. I was classic lolita chess girl! I wanted an outfit that could get wet and I’m glad I did because it was crazy rainy and windy on the way to the museum. I’m wearing matching chess tights but they’re hard to see. Almost everything is from Innocent World!

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I think I’ll finish up this post in another part since this is getting long. To be continued…